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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
Having been born to parents with a history of dysfunctional behaviors and addictions, Wanda McGuire was no stranger to this lifestyle herself. Being brought up in this type of situation, Wanda carried these behaviors into her own marriage with a husband with a serious addiction to alcohol. In this book “The Progression Tree" the author starts with her life before her husband Bill, and tells the reader the journey of their lives, and living with an alcoholic husband, his drinking and more drinking, and what it did to their lives and the lives of their children and those around them.
In each of the 44 chapters in the book, Wanda tells of situations that happened in her family, and at the end of each chapter she gives different lessons to help the reader understand how to deal with these situations. She teaches help through Hindsight sections, Food for Thought, and after each chapter she includes her class content she uses as an addiction specialist.
This book is well-thought out, and the layout is very plain and easy to understand, You will find a wealth of information on this disease of addiction and dysfunctional lifestyles and how to find help in the pages written by the author.
Wow, the author is pouring out her life in the pages of this book. She writes her own life story about the family disease of Codependency, which makes this book even more special because the readers who deal with addictions know she can identify with them. Wanda is pretty straightforward in telling about her husband and family, as well as teaching the addictive person what they need to do about their addiction. Having seen friends and family deal with this disease, I appreciate all of Wanda’s education and everything she does to help others have a healthier and happier life that she did growing up. We need more people like Wanda and more books like this one!